Planting Season
And Then There Were Five

Don't Even Think About It

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My man enjoys raising birds, so when we were in Kenya and Dave took us to the local ostrich farm, it was a bit of a dangerous visit.

Not only because ostriches are big and have a nasty kick...

 

 

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But I was afraid Kim might get some crazy notion to raise ostriches back home.

 

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I admit, it's hard to resist the adorable factor of these 6-day-old babies.

 

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But those babies grown up!  And I mean...UP!!!




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The farm sells fresh ostrich eggs for $35 apiece.  We considered buying one to scramble for breakfast....

 


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We all thought it rather amusing that before entering the fenced areas we had to "dip our shoes" in supposedly disinfectant water (it looked dirty to us) and then immediately walk across much-less-than-sanitary ground to meander through the farm.  A feeble attempt at sterilization...

 


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They are SOOOO CUTE!!!!

 


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And then they enter the awkward adolescent-ostrich stage...

 

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At the time we were there, the farm had over 1000 ostriches of all ages.  They sell them mostly for meat.  

And there was at least one that was just roaming around, out of its cage.

 

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I was lingering behind the group (as I often do...), taking photos of these gorgeous crowned cranes....


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...and when I turned around I got a little spooked to see this gal following me!

 


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I picked up my pace to catch up with the rest.  

And yes...Kenya does have the BIGGEST most beautiful skies!  How come their sky looks so much bigger than ours?!

 


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They liked posing with us for some photos...


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Zach's a tall guy, and the ostrich towered over him!

 

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The grand finale of the visit was a chance to ride an ostrich!

 


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The ostrich was not too eager to be caught...

 


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...and saddled.  Yes, a saddle for the ostrich...mainly for the rider to hang onto!

 

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Kim had no desire at all to ride.  A year ago, I totally would have done it...but didn't think it very wise to put my brand new $50,000 bionic hip through a test like that.

I mean, seriously, how could I explain to my ortho surgeon that I dislocated my new hip riding an ostrich?!

But our own Adventurous Angie took on the challenge, and the rest of the Indiana contingent enjoyed the ride vicariously.

 


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Our new friends Andrew...

 


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...and Mandie rode too!  

But they're young....

 


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The ostrich was winded after trotting three Americans around!

 

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Everywhere we went, there were always curious children wanting to see the mzungus.

 


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A fun afternoon and, with the price of admission $1.50 per person plus an extra $1.50 to ride, pretty cheap entertainment.

 


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Yes, Kim, they're cute.

Yes, Kim, I'm sure you could raise them at home.

But, seriously, Kim....

....don't even think about it.

 

 

Comments

Mhershauer

Kim SHOULD have some! Lol

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